Category “War”

The Luckiest Man in World War 2

The far east saw some of the worst fighting and most appalling atrocities of the second world war, millions died but one young man managed to pull through the lot. He somehow survived a combination of catastrophes unlike any other. Torture and disease whilst a prisoner in a Japanese war camp, torpedo and shipwreck and most of all the Nagasaki atom bomb, each of these killed tens of thousands but somehow this man survived them all, his name is Alistair Urquhart and he is still with us today. Once the war was over the authorities forbid Alistair from talking about his experience in the...

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The Islamic State

This state has been established by a hardline Sunni jihadist group that emerged out of the Syrian civil war. Up until recently this group was known as ISIS but now they simply call themselves "The Islamic State" or "IS" for short. Their speed and efficiency in which they advanced from Syria into Iraq caught the world and those reporting on the middle east by complete surprise. They captured major cities and took control of large military equipment provided to the Iraq army by the Americans. Growing in numbers IS fighters have come from all over the world, all wanting to be part of the...

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The True Story Of The D Day Spies

The story behind D-Day is one which has been told from nearly every perspective, from the soldiers who fought that day, the military tacticians who planned it to the generals who led it. This being said there is one group whose efforts seem to get forgotten, these were the spies who made the whole thing...

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Indochine: A People’s War in Colour

A film which tells the remarkable story of the people of South East Asia who fought three wars over three decades to gain their freedom using entirely original colour archive...

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ISIS: Terror in Iraq

Panorama reports from the heart of the fighting, the battle is against ISIS, a brutal Jihadi group that grew out of Al Qaeda. The group has declared an Islamic state and this documentary investigates the full story of ISIS from the inside and asks the question, could the conflict spill out of the middle...

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The Necessary War

Our perceptions of the First World War today are dominated by the idea it was a futile conflict, a colossal waste of life, and an immense tragedy for Britain and all of Europe. It is a view that has been fostered by the war poets who wrote vividly about the experience of trench warfare, and by countless novels, films and television programmes in the years since. Many even go as far as suggesting that the First World War led directly to the rise of Hitler and the outbreak of the Second World War. In a single documentary to mark the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of war, Sir Max...

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Normandy ’44: The Battle Beyond D-Day

To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, historian James Holland takes us through the depths of the operation, the brutal 77 day Battle for Normandy that came after the initial invasion. Holland challenges some of the myths that come to surround this vital campaign, arguing that we have become all too comfortable in our understanding of these events. As veterans gather to relive one of the turning points of the Second World War, historian James Holland moves beyond the D-Day beaches to reassess the brutal 77-day Battle for Normandy that followed the invasion. This story is about the...

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From Jail to Jihad?

BBC's Panorama sets about investigating the growing trend of convicted criminals converting to Islam and the potential for these converts to become radical or fundamentalists. Within the last ten years the Muslin prison population in England and Wales has doubled to nearly 12,000 thats one in every seven. The prison service cant tell how many have converted inside or how many are adopting radical views, what is known though is that there is around 100 Islamist terrorists behind bars and around 500 more have been identified with links to extremist...

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How Vietnam Was Lost

Based on David Maraniss's book They Marched into Sunlight, a documentary telling the story of two seemingly unconnected events in October 1967 that changed the course of the Vietnam War. Whilst a US battalion unwittingly marched into a Viet Cong ambush which killed 61 young men, half a world away angry students at the University of Wisconsin were protesting the presence of Dow Chemical recruiters on...

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